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Halla Tómasdóttir: How Can Leaders Inspire Others To Lead?

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:47am

In 1980, Iceland elected the country's first female president. Halla Tómasdóttir grew up with this image of leadership, and then in 2016 ran for president. She says this is why more women need to run.

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Simon Sinek: How Do Great Leaders Inspire Us To Take Action?

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:47am

Leadership expert Simon Sinek says lasting movements need inspiring leaders. He argues the best leaders are the best followers — they believe they are following a cause bigger than themselves.

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Naomi Klein: What's The Glue That Makes Some Movements Endure?

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:47am

We now face an increasing list of global crises. But why aren't more of us taking action? Naomi Klein compares our circumstances with those of previous generations who took action for lasting change.

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Diane Wolk-Rogers: What My Students Taught Me About Inspiring A Movement

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:47am

As a history teacher who lived through the horrific Parkland school shooting, Diane Wolk-Rogers describes what it takes for movements to inspire change — and how her students are doing that now.

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HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' Is Halting, Never Catches Fire

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani makes changes big and small to Ray Bradbury's dystopian tale. They help it resonate with our current moment — but make it even more bluntly polemical.

(Image credit: Michael Gibson/HBO)

New York's Spring Art Auctions Have Seen Some Yawns and Some Records

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 7:36pm

Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses in New York have been holding their spring auctions and such well-known names as Monet have set records. There have also been surprises.

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London Calling (Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft): 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00pm

John Cameron Mitchell's "sweet, slight comic fantasy" explores what happens when a young man (Alex Sharp) in 1977 London meet-cutes a young woman (Elle Fanning) who's from ... out of town.

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About 'Book Club': Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and Steenburgen

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00pm

When the film puts its four leads together, it sparkles. When they're apart, it's simply "a pleasant, low-stakes affair, as numbing as a two-glass buzz."

(Image credit: Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures)

In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:00am

Following up on her instant-classic Marbles — about her experiences with bipolar disorder — cartoonist Forney lays out her coping strategies in warm, deftly-rendered and densely informative style.

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How To Watch The Royal Wedding In The Way That's Right For You

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00am

It's almost time for another royal wedding, and we've got a plan for you to enjoy it, no matter how you want to watch.

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'Cobra Kai' Looks At What Happened After 'The Karate Kid' Beat The School Bully

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:19pm

Thirty-four years ago, Daniel Larusso bested high school bully Johnny Lawrence at the All Valley Karate Championship in the beloved '80s movie The Karate Kid. What became of the underdog, Larusso, and his bully-boy rival is the subject of yet another reboot: Cobra Kai. Writers Josh Heald and John Hurwitz talk with NPR's Audie Cornish about the series, now available on YouTube Red.

'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic.

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Comic Tig Notaro Wants You To Know She's 'Happy To Be Here'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

After her set about having cancer went viral in 2012, Notaro struggled with the perception that her stand-up was only "dark and edgy." Her new Netflix special begins streaming May 22.

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Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels — And An Even Better Story Behind Them

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:40am

When Jewish sisters were hunting for bagels to properly mourn their mother's passing, their hometown came through. The town has been a hub of Jewish soul food — and survival — since post-WWII.

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'A Shout In The Ruins' Probes The Lasting Infections Of War And Slavery

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 6:00am

Kevin Powers' bleak, stunning new book is set in both the 1950s and the Civil War era. It's an intricately plotted look at the ways violence can shape a nation in ways that may not be recoverable.

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Blimps Full Of Money And 30 Other Sports Fantasias In 'Upon Further Review'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 4:07am

Mike Pesca's new book imagines 31 counterfactual "what if" hypotheticals in sports, from home runs taken off the board to a boycott of the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany.

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Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:02pm

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has unveiled a portrait of Lacks, whose cells have been used for decades — without her consent — to find medical breakthroughs.

(Image credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift fromKadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC.)

'Solo' Makes The Jump To Light-Speed ... Eventually

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:00pm

The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds.

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Tom Wolfe: Writing Nonfiction 'Became A Great Game And A Great Experiment'

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:59pm

Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Fresh Air in 1987 and 2012.

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'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:17pm

Author Michael Pollan, who experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, says: "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird."

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